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September 04, 2012 11:23 ET

Levels of Accessibility for Disabled People at Airports Across the World Can Vary Significantly, Finds Cheap Flights Finder

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Sept. 4, 2012) - As the Paralympics comes to a close, many athletes will be proudly returning to their home country with medals. However, according to Cheap Flights Finder, many will receive vastly differing levels of service and accessibility depending on which airport they fly into.

Shahab Siddiqui, founder of flight finder site, CheapFlightsFinder.com, a wheelchair user himself has travelled extensively throughout the world but has experienced varying levels of difficulty depending on the city of arrival. He comments: "I always feel very excited when I arrive in a new city by plane, but I also feel anxious about how easy it will be to navigate the airport when I arrive. Some airports have highly trained staff and extensive wheelchair access, while others are still extremely primitive in their offering, which makes the experience very challenging."

Airports association ACI Europe holds an annual Best Airport Awards which takes into account accessibility, as deemed by the Disabled People's Association (Denmark) who are on the judging panel. In 2012, London's City Airport was deemed the best airport in the one to five million passenger category, with Edinburgh airport leading the way for those transporting 5-10 million passengers annually. Among Europe's largest airports, counting traffic of 25 million and above, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol was named Best Airport - the third time in four years that the Dutch hub has won such recognition, noted for its delivery of excellent services and facilities.

Shahab continues: "There are a huge number of factors that disabled people need to consider when entering an airport, whether for a short haul jaunt or if they are undertaking multi-city flights. This includes travelling from the car-park, using toilets in the airport, registering at the check-in desk and carrying your baggage. The provision can vary depending on the regulations of that country regarding the accessibility of public buildings and therefore the experience in one country can be very different from another. If you have a choice of airports, it is always worth researching thoroughly which is the most accessible, as it can greatly influence your entire holiday experience."

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